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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway undertakes solo military engagement


Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen / The Royal Court

Princess Ingrid Alexandra has undertaken a solo engagement with a visit to the Hunter Troop.

The Princess, 17, visited soldiers at the Armed Forces Special Command on Saturday, 20 November. The visit was a gift for her confirmation by the Detention Centre in 2019.

Upon her arrival, she was received by Colonel Lars W. Lilleby at the training camp in Østerdalen. She underwent an orientation regarding the special forces of the Armed Forces to learn more about the activities they undertake inside and outside Norway.

Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen / The Royal Court

She then put on a uniform before getting a tour of the camp and trying out some of the exercises herself, including a simulated parachute jump from a tower.

Afterwards, Ingrid Alexandra ate lunch with the soldiers and learned more about a planning mission set for that day. She then got to take part in a patrol during the exercise before concluding her day at a campfire.

Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen / The Royal Court

Her Royal Highness also made sure to stop by the memorial park in the camp to pay her respects to soldiers who had lost their lives fighting for Norway.

The Norwegian Special Forces have the Marine Hunter Command in Haakonsvern, the Armed Forces Special Command in Rena and a base in Oslo. The Armed Forces Special Command is responsible for national and international assignments; they help with counter-terrorism and hostage rescues.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the only daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and she is expected to one day assume the throne after her father. As such, she will hold the highest rank of all the Norwegian military branches, so engagements like this are crucial to her preparation for one day becoming monarch.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.